Patchwork of Paychecks: Illinois
There are not enough jobs to go around in Illinois. There are 780,000 job seekers, but only about 195,000 total job openings. Of those, only 48 percent pay a living wage for a single adult and only 15 percent pay enough for a single adult with two children to make ends meet. This means there are eight job seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a single adult and 27 job seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a single adult with two children.
Additionally, women and people of color in Illinois are more likely to work part-time than are workers overall. While nearly 28 percent of all workers reported working part-time, 33 percent of black workers and 38 percent of female workers reported working fewer than 40 hours per week.